Alum honored for tech career achievement, student support

November 14, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland  College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Gaymond and Cindy Schultz of Reno, Nev., were honored recently by the Washington State University Alumni Association for cutting-edge work in the telecommunications industry and for mentoring students in the WSU Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute.
 

Nov. 13: Schweitzer to receive top alumni award

October 30,2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Edmund O. Schweitzer III, founder and president of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and a pioneer in digital protection for the electric power grid, will receive the 2014 Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington State University’s highest alumni honor.

A reception – followed by the award presentation and lecture, “Serving the Electrical World from the Home of WSU” – will begin at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the CUB junior ballroom at WSU Pullman.

Frank Hirahara: WSU Alum Documents Japanese Internment

October 24, 2014
Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture


Frank Hirahara (BS, EE, 1948) passed away in 2006, but his legacy lives on in thousands of photos that document the dark history of Japanese internment in the U.S. during WWII.

Originally from Yakima, Washington, Hirahara was 16 in 1942 when he and his family, along with over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans all along the West Coast, were wrongly imprisoned in concentration camps due to wartime hysteria and prejudice. Hirahara was sent to the bleak Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming for two and a half years. There, he and his father,  who were avid photographers, took more than 2000 photos and built a secret darkroom under their barrack apartment as they documented life inside an internment camp.

Grant funds 'smart city' power grid lab at WSU

October 17, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies.

Scientists have received a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to build a city of the future in WSU’s engineering buildings complete with simulated windmills, solar panels, fuel cells, power substations and smart meters.

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